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Tips for staying safe while driving in the snow

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2021 | Car Accidents |

Winters in Minnesota are often bitterly cold. You are probably also used to seeing a lot of snow, which makes commuting more challenging. If you have to drive in the snow, you should use these tips to stay safer.

Drive extra carefully

Driving on slippery surfaces like snow can lead to car accidents if you travel too fast or have the wrong tires. Be extra careful while on the road and slow down your speed. You will also want to give extra room between your vehicle and the car ahead of you. Avoid hitting your brake too hard and instead, ease up on the accelerator when you want to slow down or when preparing to stop.

Be on constant alert

You should constantly be on the alert while driving in the snow. Keep your eyes on the road and notice everything around you. Look far ahead of you as well to see if there might be a patch of ice. When you keep your focus far ahead, it can better prepare you for how you need to react and avert a potential disaster.

Know what to do if you skid

Car accidents are far more likely to happen when the roads are slick with snow and ice. Often, they occur when a vehicle skids and ends up going in a direction the driver doesn’t want to go. If your car begins to skid, first, don’t panic. Second, don’t press on your brakes. Ease off the gas pedal if your front wheels are skidding or turn your steering wheel if your back wheels are skidding in the direction your wheels are turning.

Use your anti-lock brakes

If you have a problem sliding over snow or ice and other measures aren’t working, you can use your anti-lock brakes. If you can’t correct a sudden skid, step hard on the brake pedal and allow your car’s computerized system to take over. At the same time, keep steering to correct the skid.

Get snow tires

Having snow tires is a must for driving in snowy conditions. If your tires are not designed for such weather or the tread is worn out, you’re setting yourself up for car accidents. Snow tires can give your vehicle more traction in slick, slippery road conditions and prevent skids from happening.

Always plan ahead

If you have to drive in the snow, always plan ahead. You might want to map out your route and a couple of alternate routes just in case. Pack essential supplies in case your car gets stuck. You should have a blanket, flashlight, first aid kit, shovel, car brush, non-perishable foods and water. Carry extra fuel as well.

Car accidents are common in the snow. With these tips, you can minimize your risk and stay safer.